How we met: A-ha’s Morten Harket and Maajid Nawaz

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20-MaajidNawaz2CURSES for Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz that A-ha frontman Morten Harket (pictured above) is not registered to vote in Hampstead and Kilburn.

He would surely be a nailed on tick in the box after another  week of purring about Maajid’s stirring memoir, Radical.

Morten, whose Norweigan band still hog Radio Two playlists with Take On Me 30 years later, has said his song Brother had been inspired by Maajid’s life and book. 

He enthused: “I recommend this book for everyone to read – in particular those of us who don’t wish to read it.  It is current, it is bold, it is profound – it is about recognising who we are. As I was about to finish reading the book myself, the song Brother started to take form.”

On Sunday, they met to share warm feelings, although it is not known whether Maajid asked for his scratched seven inch of Take On Me to be autographed.


The Times cheekily notes today that A-ha had been one of Labour leader Ed Miliband’s favourite acts as a kid. The love-in with Maajid is described as a snub.


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